06 Dec Stuttgart
Stuttgart, located on the Neckar River, is the capital of the state Baden-Württemberg and measured by the population (600, 000), the sixth biggest city in Germany. It is known for two universities, which are the University of Stuttgart founded in 1829 and the University of Hohenheim founded in 1818.
The economics of the city suffered in the 17th century of the Thirty Year´s War and French occupation and was revived not until after the Napoleonic Wars by the influence of industrialism. During the Second World War, the city was seriously damaged in the bombings of the Allied, and after the reconstruction the cityscape was heavily changed. Stuttgart became the capital of the state Württemberg-Baden in 1946 and the capital of the new state of Baden-Württemberg in 1952.
What to do and see in Stuttgart
The Porche Museum has displayed automobile history since the year 2009. The impressive building is located in the neighborhood of Stuttgart, in the home city of the company, Zuffenhausen. In the large exhibition area are over 80 vehicles and several smaller exhibitions, which take the visitors into a journey to the fascinating history of the popular car. Besides famous models such as 356, 550, 911 and 917, also masterpieces of Ferdinand Porsche from the beginning of the 20th century are displayed. The exhibition change continuously, which brings dynamics, but it is also because 90 per cent of the vehicles are still roadworthy. They are used in Museum Automobile Races and Exhibitions all over the world. There are also interactive parts in the museum. These are, for example, 12 meters long Multi-touch Wall, which makes the visitors familiar with the history of automobiles with over 3000 photos, drawings, posters and ads, and the sound installation “Porsche in the Mix”, which the visitors can control by themselves.
The fans of automobiles are pampered in the region of Stuttgart with another museum of this kind, too. The Mercedes-Benz Museum is the only museum in the world displaying the history of the car industry from the very beginning to the present day. The museum has 9 floors and the space of 16,500 square meters. There are presented over 160 vehicles and 1,500 exhibits. The tour offering a unique historic journey takes two hours.
Wilhelma Zoo and Botanical Garden
The area of Wilhelma Zoo and Botanical Garden is 280, 000 square meters, which is equivalent to 40 football pitches. There is a historical and a newer section in the park. The historical part is near the Neckar River and it consists of the original terrain of private Wilhelma, which belonged with all its buildings in Moorish style and all its glasshouses to King Wilhelm I of Württemberg. Some of the animal houses, for example, the Aquarium, Insectarium, the Ape Houses and the Amazon House are located in the old area. The new area was added piece by piece to complement the old area. The last extension was made in 1993, when the Demonstration Farm was opened.
Castle Square (Schlossplatz) is a lively meeting point in the center of Stuttgart in the middle of the shopping area of Königsstrasse. The green belts in front of the historic environment turn into popular grasses in summer and the wells bring cooling. There are plenty of cafés around the square offering enjoyments. Different events are in the central point, too. One of them is Stuttgart Summer Festival (Stuttgarter Sommerfest). In the square, you can enjoy the sun, relax and let your soul rest, and especially in summer the local inhabitants and tourists from all over the world meet there.
The 42 meter high Killesberg Tower (Killesbergturm) has become the trademark of Stuttgart with its exciting steel net building, four floors and two steps going in the opposite directions. The tower is located in the highest point of the historical Killesberg Park and it offers a large view over the city. The never-ending popularity of the tower has continued since it was open on 17, July 2001. Especially on weekends there is a peak in front of the both steps. The tower belongs to the maintenance committee of Stuttgart (Verschönerungsverein Stuttgart e.V.), and it was built to celebrate the 140th Anniversary of the organization. The tower is unique because of its construction, layout, size and the extent of the view.
- The main shopping street of the city is Königstrasse, from which can be found all the largest stores. The history of the area began in the 15th From 1977, it has been a pedestrian zone.
- The Klett-Passage is an underground shopping area between Königstrasse and the central metro station. Most of the shops sell practical wares for busy travelers, but they are open up to 9 p.m. on weekdays.
- Schulstrasse was the first pedestrian zone in Germany, which was opened in 1953. It is located between the Königstrasse and the Market Square, but nowadays there are more fast-food places than shops.
- Bohnenviertel (Bean Quartier) is an area full of excellent and interesting stores in the oldest part of the city.
- From Calwer Strasse can be found several luxury shops.
- Eberhardstrasse full of elegant shops leads into the Karls-Passage, in which the Breuninger department store is located. There is sold anythinh. The selection includes, for example, fashion clothing, perfumes, shoes, sports and electronics.
- On Saturday mornings, there is a flea market on the Karlplatz, from which you can find interesting things. It is located between the old castle and the new palace. There is sold, for example, clothes, books, furniture, household items, art and anything else.
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How to get in Stuttgart?
There are good traffic connections in the Stuttgart Airport. S-Bahn-trains S2 and S3 operate between the main railway station and the airport. It takes about half an hour. The trains run from the railway station to the airport on weekdays from 4.55 and on Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays from 5.25 to 0.25. The interval is 10 – 20 minutes on weekdays and half an hour on weekends. To the opposite direction (from the airport to the railway station) the trains operate between 5.08 – 0.08. There is also a bus station in the airport serving local as well as national and international traffic. In addition, it is possible to rent a car from the airport with a profitable price. More information (in German): http://www.flughafen-stuttgart.de/an-abreise-und-parken/mietwagen-am-flughafen
You can also take a taxi, and there is also offered minibuses and buses for groups. More information (in German): http://www.flughafen-stuttgart.de/an-abreise-und-parken/taxishuttleservice/bus-taxi-und-shuttle-service
How to get around in Stuttgart?
- A metro and tram network, VVS, operates in the city (www.vvs.de, in German and in English). It is working in the almost whole city center area and suburbs. There are lots of metro stations (U-Bahn). The commuter train (S-Bahn) is faster when going to suburbs and neighbor cities, but there are less these stations. Neighbor cities can also be reached by RE/IRE/RB-trains. There is also bus traffic in the city, which operates also at night.